Preparing Your Quilt Top for Machine Quilting

APQS Millennium Intelliquilter
APQS Millennium
  1. Make sure your quilt top is well pressed and seams are flattened.  Seams should be pressed flat not pressed open.
  2. Trim all hanging threads from the back and edge as much as you can.  Those threads will show through light areas of the quilt.
  3. Quilting does not correct piecing problems.  If there is fullness in the center or wavy borders, you may wind up with pleats or puckers.  I do my best to correct such problems as I quilt, but I can’t guarantee that I can work out all problems.  To avoid wavy borders and pleats, you must make your quilt fit your borders.  Measure through the middle of the quilt and cut your borders to that length.  You may need to ease the quilt to fit the borders.
  4. Quilts must be clean and free of offensive odors. ( I reserve the right to refuse Quilts with strong odors so that they may not  contaminate the work of other clients and my equipment).
  5. Identify the top of your quilt and backing with a safety pin if it has a directional print.
  6. If you want curved corners, please wait until the quilting is finished to cut the curves. Proper attachment of the quilt to the long-arm machine depends on straight, square corners.

Preparing the Backing for Machine Quilting

  1. The backing fabric should be 100% cotton fabric.  I know flat sheets are popular for backings, but I do not recommend them.   If you really want to use a sheet, please be sure that the thread count is no more than 180 and wash and dry it at least five times.
  2. I reserve the right to refuse backings that may cause tension problems or to charge a fee for the extra time necessary to work with such a backing.
  3. If the backing fabric isn’t big enough, please use a 5/8″ seam to piece the backing.  Press the seam open.
  4. The backing must be at least eight inches larger in length and width than the top.
  5. Please press the backing fabric.
  6. A busy fabric backing can hide stops and starts when doing custom or heirloom quilting


I carry about 10 different kinds of batting. I have a wide variety of Hobbs, FiberCo, and Quilter’s Dream. Please stop by to pick out the one you like or give me a call. Price is dependent on the size needed. You may provide your own batting, but I recommend that you choose a good quality batting.  Inexpensive battings found in discount stores and big chain fabric stores are thin and uneven.  They may cause tension problems during the quilting process.  I reserve the right to refuse poor quality batting. I do not accept Mountain Mist brand, Fairfield brand, or the generic brand from JoAnns. 

If you bring me batting instead of purchasing it from me, it should be cut to the same width as the backing, but may be longer than the backing.

Please do not baste the quilt top, batting, and backing together.  I need all three layers separated so I can attach them individually to the frame.

Your quilt will be insured while in my possession for the cost of the materials ONLY.

Shipping Your Quilt Top

  1. Place your quilt top in a zippered plastic bag to ensure that if the box gets wet during shipping, your top will still be okay.
  2. Do not ship your quilt top until you have reserved time for quilting with Angela.

Return shipping and insurance for Eastern Time Zone is $15 for the first quilt in the box and $10 for each additional quilt in the same box. It is $20 plus $10 for each additional quilt in all other time zones.